The Effects Of E-cigarettes On Teens


Sarah G. Barron

Today, teens are influenced by more in the world than in the last 20 years. They are influenced by social media, friends, school, etc. But some more than others, can have an extreme effect on teens. E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, are having a negative impact in the world of teenagers and young adults.

Just in the U.S, 27.5% of high school students use vape products according to And In the last eight years youth e-cigarettes use has risen 1,800%. ‘How is this happening?’ Big tobacco companies. Tobacco companies use fun packaging, misleading advertisements on social media, fun flavors, and many other tactics to draw attention to their products, targeting teens and young adults. Tobacco companies also use social media influencers to advertise their products. Cigarette and lungs

At young ages people are influenced by what goes on around them. Teenagers are trying to figure out who they are and what their place is with people. They pressure themselves to be something they are not to be liked. What clothes to wear, people to hang out with, what things you do, what you like to do. These all are considered by teens to “fit in”. Tobacco companies take advantage of this, trying to make vape and other nicotine products look cool and interesting. When they’re really not.

Tobacco companies use fun flavoring and packaging specifically to target teens. There are more than 7,000 flavors for vapes. For example mint, strawberry, banana, bubble gum, etc. Tobacco companies have those flavors to hook teens. Tobacco companies want to target people at a young age to get them hooked for life. Teens not knowing their falling for a trap, and creating a horrible habit that will follow them to their death bed.

Most Tobacco companies claim that in their e-cigarette product, it’s just water vapor not nicotine. This is false! Tobacco companies lie about their products to make them seem safer than cigarettes. For one pod of nicotine an e-cigarette has about 200-300 puffs. That’s about one packet of cigarettes in one cartilage! Other than nicotine, e-cigarettes contain aerosol, acrolein, benzene, and other harsh chemicals. Inhaling those chemicals can cause lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans better known as “popcorn lung” and cancers. 

Social media influencers are not the only reason for teen e-cigarette usage. Depression, stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems are a cause of vaping. Although nicotine has been said to reduce stress, nicotine can actually worsen mental health. According to , e-cigarettes can worsen symptoms of depression. 

Not only is vaping bad for the lungs and mental health, it’s also bad for the brain. 25 is the average age a human brain is fully developed. Starting vaping at a young age will “rewire” the brain and mess up the development of the brain. The long lasting effects on the brain are mood disorders, impulse control problems etc.

The use of e-cigarettes products are extremely harmful no matter what they are. They affect the lungs, brain, and mental health. If looking to quit smoking or vaping call 1-844-8-NO-VAPE (1-844-866-8273)